Most Americans never have to think about it, but the most dangerous creature on Earth is the mosquito, having killed more human beings than all the wars in history combined. And although malaria does on rare occasions occur in the United States, it is not a health threat that we fear here.
There are, however, some real viruses transmitted by mosquitoes that we should be aware of and protect ourselves from:
West Nile, Eastern and Western Equine, and now Chikungunya.
West Nile Virus – produces flu-like symptoms which may last for weeks, about 80% of humans contracting it show no symptoms at all.
Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitides – a rare, but potentially deadly virus among humans showing signs of headache, high fever, chills, vomiting.
Chikungunya – a painful, but rarely fatal disease lasting for 2 – 3 weeks, consists of a high fever, rash, muscle pain and severe joint pain, resulting in the stooped, bent appearance for which the disease is named.
Tips for Prevention
Personal Protection tips include:
Applying insect repellant on exposed skin
Staying inside when mosquitoes are most active (dusk),
Wearing protective clothing
Source Reduction is always the best means of mosquito control.
Drain containers, ditches, abandoned tires, any place with stagnant standing water.
While many companies advertise devices and natural options, they provide very little documented relief from mosquitoes.
Mosquito plants and electronic or ultrasonic devices provide very little to no relief.
Source reduction, pesticide application, and the use of mosquito repellent remain the best ways to prevent mosquito bites. – Illinois Department of Public Health
If you live in an area that is a natural habitat for mosquitoes, choosing a pest management provider who can perform routine mosquito control is an option that will allow you to enjoy the summer time without the bite. Call, click, or live chat with one of our agents who can help you today.